OBSERVING THAT there were approximately 70 lakh AIDS patients in the country and this might just be the tip of the iceberg, Director (Medical Education) and Dean MGM Medical College, Indore, Dr V K Saini said, “We are sitting on an HIV/AIDS volcano and India may soon face a situation like few African countries where there are no youngsters left.”
“Indian society replete with taboos, which has added to cases of AIDS. Causes like male domination, migrating population and neo-rich indulging in vices have lead to increase in the HIV/AIDS incidence in the country,” Dr Saini said while inaugurating the Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop on HIV/AIDS at Hotel Crown Palace here on Saturday.
The workshop - organised jointly by National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), Indian Medical Association (IMA) and The Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) – would go a long way as it involves doctors from remote areas of the State too, he said. Over 60 medical practitioners from all over the State are attending the workshop. The MGM Medical College Dean also asked Clinton Foundation if it could raise funds for CD4 facility at the college. Madhya Pradesh is the 8th state in India where such a programme has been launched with the CHAI and NACO together with IMA.
Earlier both, Dr S N Goel, who is convener of the project in the State, and president of MP state unit of IMA Dr Sirothia said, “About 7,000 practitioners will be trained under this programme in the State. IMA plans to take the training programme to each and every practitioner.” National Programme Manager Dr K N Tewari said, “This has been designed as a sensitisation programme for doctors. NACO wants to make every private practitioner aware of the various HIV/AIDS related facilities as role of physician towards AIDS control is very important.”